These Are The Scary Health Conditions That Your Nose Can Actually Detect

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the nose is “the part projecting above the mouth on the face of a person or animal, containing the nostrils and used for breathing and smelling.” And the description admittedly doesn’t sound very special. But this central facial feature does so much; it can even potentially sniff out life-threatening health conditions that you didn’t know you have.

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Before 2014 scientists had estimated that the human nose could discern about 10,000 scents. However, researchers held onto a feeling that the sniffer could actually distinguish many more than that; they just needed a testing method to prove the theory. So in 2014 a team presented their research, which had been conducted with the help of odorous molecules, and it revealed something spectacular about our noses.

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